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Help with possible causes for 7wk old chicken death

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Yesterday morning I went to the coop to let my chicks out and found my favorite chick Hawk dead right inside the coop door. A few days ago I noticed she looked puffed up and round and she was staying separate from the other chicks and was moving a bit slow. She was eating and drinking normally. After reading up a bit I wondered if she might have had coccidiosis so I checked the coop and did find one or two poops that had blood in them. However everything I have read about coccidiosis said they would stop or slow down eating and drinking. The other 8 chicks ranging in age from 7 wks to 3 months seem normal so far but I'm worried that whatever cause hawks death might affect the others. I went to the feed store and they didn't have any corid and said it was on back order from their supplier but they hoped it would be in monday. Is there anything else I can treat them with other than corid if I can't get it? I don't know what to do and I can't bear to lose anymore. Please help!
post #2 of 8

When my baby turkeys have coccidiosis I treat them with a couple teaspoons cayenne pepper per turkey for 2 or 3 days and that usually gets them better. Hope this helps if you need it.

17+ pigeons, about 20 coturnix quail, 10 chickens and 2 angora rabbits
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17+ pigeons, about 20 coturnix quail, 10 chickens and 2 angora rabbits
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post #3 of 8
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How do you give them the cayenne pepper? do you add it to their water?

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The best way would be to mix it with their food but putting it in their water would be good too. I'll be offline for a while today, leaving now, good luck!

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I'm not certain it is coccidiosis but I was going by the bloody poop. Does bloody poop always equal coccidiosis? And if that is what it is, how contagious is it? Should I be worried about my others even though they have shown no signs?

post #6 of 8

It's pretty contagious, but bloody poop can be caused by any number of things. My hens always have bloody poo for a few days after they start laying. I've seen bloody poop in a coop of perfectly healthy chickens, who remained healthy, and there never was any problems or other bloody poop.

 It sounds like what happened when a couple of my chicks got ahold of a poisonous mushroom. Scour the area. If you see any mushrooms any colour other than white, especially if they're red, dispose of them. 

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I'm pretty sure it's nothing like that as they only have access to a temporary run area about 10x10 on my lawn and I never seen anything growing there other than grass :) They only thing they have had in the past two weeks other than their regular crumble is apples, cabbage, and a banana. I don't think those things would have caused any problem except for the fact the Hawk ate most of the banana over a day or two since the other chickens didn't really seem to care for it.

post #8 of 8

I would be concerned about possible coccidiosis in a 7 week old who is puffed up and lethargic. They can have blood in the droppings for 3 days before they start to show symptoms. Sulfadimethoxine and Sulmet are also used to treat the worst strains of coccidosis, although Corid can treat more strains. You can feed some buttermilk to help coat the GI tract until you get the Corid or sulfa drug. A necrospy done on your sick chick may show some hemorrhage inside the intestines. The first link below has pictures of that. Here are some articles about cocci:

https://poultrykeeper.com/digestive-system-problems/coccidiosis-in-chickens/

http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/12/coccidiosis-what-backyard-chicken.html

http://www.chickenvet.co.uk/health-and-common-diseases/coccidiosis/index.aspx

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